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Music at Minchinhampton Academy

Music is a universal, practical, creative subject, which can benefit all our children in developing their imagination, their ability to listen attentively and their ability to express personal thoughts and feelings.

The purpose of music within the curriculum is to guide children into developing a love for the creative world of music, to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding, and, as an integral part of culture, increase their awareness of the world around them.

Music involves sound, silence, listening and movement. We foster our children’s interest and enjoyment in music by giving them the opportunity to explore music through listening, singing, composition, movement and dance, and by access to playing tuned and un-tuned instruments.

The implementation of the music curriculum is the responsibility of all teaching staff. Our children are taught in their class groups. The Charanga Musical School Scheme is used throughout the school to ensure continuity; the Music Express Scheme is an additional whole-school resource available. ICT is used to extend and enhance musical opportunities.

Our teaching ensures that listening, and applying knowledge and understanding, are developed through the interrelated skills of performing (including singing and using instruments), composing (organising sound and silence), and appraising. Our aim for the children is to appreciate and discriminate in all that they do.

The children are given opportunities to listen to, and then discuss, a wide range of music from – the European “classical tradition” – the countries and regions of the British Isles – a variety of cultures, Western and non-Western.

The musical elements of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, and structure are progressively introduced and discussed. Standard notation is also introduced to aid composition and arrangements. The children express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music whilst also developing social skills and awareness through making music and performing together.

In addition to formal class lessons, musical activities feature strongly in our school, in order to develop the children as performers, to develop vocal and instrumental skills, to develop self-confidence and feel a sense of achievement.

  • Peripatetic teachers offer brass, woodwind, strings, guitar, percussion and keyboard lessons.
  • We have links with Gloucestershire Music: each Year 3/4 class receiving weekly class instrumental lessons for a long term (2015/16 brass, 2016/17 violin).
  • Assemblies, including a weekly singing assembly where communal singing takes place for the enjoyment of all.
  • The Children have the opportunity to join the KS1 and KS2 school choirs, KS2 School Orchestra and Year 2 – 6 recorder groups.
  • Music features strongly in the annual Foundation/KS1, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 productions.
  • We encourage our children to share and celebrate their musical skills and aptitudes through performance opportunities including: playing before assembly, during whole school Christmas/Easter/Holy Trinity services at our Parish Church, at the Christmas Advent Fayre, on visits within our community (Cecily Court), at regular trips to participate in musical events (Young Voices, Birmingham) and at our annual Summer Musical Soiree.
  • Visiting musicians/ Workshops

A group of children, from across KS2, took part in a full day’s Resilience Song writing workshop with Ben O’Sullivan. Listen to their song ‘Be Big Bold and Brave’ which they wrote and recorded:

The Song of Tom Long – words by Sapphire Class, music by Rob and Dom Bradshaw, performed by Year 3/4 at the launch of A Portal Through Time

Song of Tom Long from Rob (& kids) Vids on Vimeo.

Our KS2 Choir attended Young Voices 2017, Birmingham.

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